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Old 10-18-2021, 12:36 PM   #1
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V10 blew out a spark plug.

Well it happened. I blew out a spark plug on the way home from my last trip. A look at Rockauto.com and no new cylinder head available. I guess I'll have to try the helicoil repair. Anybody have longevity results after a helicoil repair or find a used 1999 F53 passenger side cylinder head?
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Wow. What a relief. I talked to my mechanic buddy. He assured me that the spark plug repair kits are the way to go. I can even fo it eithout removing the cylinder head. This is the kit I am planning on using. $78 sounds so much better than $1,000 plus that I was expecting.
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:36 PM   #3
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It's a common failure, and a common fix.
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Old 10-19-2021, 01:18 AM   #4
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Have a spare heli-coil, or two for when you change sparkplugs. It always seemed that the coil came out with the plug. We used the glue to hold it to the cylinder head and a release agent between the coil and the plug.. The coil came out with the plug.
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I've done several of those (none on that particular engine, though), and have always had good results. Key is, can you reach the spot easily. If you can, and you can clean out the repair site well, the insert stays in. Get a very strong small magnet to pick out shavings.
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I've done several of those (none on that particular engine, though), and have always had good results. Key is, can you reach the spot easily. If you can, and you can clean out the repair site well, the insert stays in. Get a very strong small magnet to pick out shavings.
Magnet ? It's an aluminum head.
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Iíve done this repair also. Put plenty of grease on the tap to catch the shavings and clean it off and reapply occasionally. Itís a very good fix and Iíve had no trouble since doing it a few years ago. The biggest pain was getting to it in a Econoline van
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Here is a bit more information for you. Or.... my unsolicited $0.02

Duct tape a shop vac to the exhaust pipe with the vac blowing out. Then have someone slowly turn the motor over until the exhaust valve on the affected cylinder opens and you can feel the air blowing out. Then as stated above, liberally grease the drill if needed, and then the tap so the chips either blow out or get caught in the grease. About half way in, pull that tap and clean it and re-grease. Then you will need a small tooth brush with some brake cleaner or electric motor cleaner to clean up the threads prior to gluing in the insert. This is a super common failure in Triton engines.
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I used the dorman spark plug repair kit in my f250 had over 10,000 miles when sold never had problem.the nice thing with this kit no drilling use red locktite and tighten down to spec.
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Magnet ? It's an aluminum head.
Ah, heck, you're right. Okay, get an aluminum magnet.
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Time Sert make very good kits for this, the best according to their website. I've used Time Sert on a Mercedes block and the repair was better than the original.
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It's only the '99-'04 Tritons that have this problem?
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Heavy grease, remove/ clean every turn was what I did 40+ yrs ago for a friend; BUY the small, proper 1/4" drive torque wrench (15-17-INCH POUNDS if the tapered seat plug?) and should be good for 100k miles? Good visual on all others to make sure they are not trying to back out? Maybe check their torque? RESEARCH THE THREAD KITS, THERE IS A LOT TO READ, GET THE BEST KIT.
NOT FRESH IN MY MIND, BEEN A FEW YEARS SINCE READING UP ON THE V-10 ISSUES. Ford has some Tech Bulletins with Recommendations?
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It's only the '99-'04 Tritons that have this problem?
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